First, sorry for not being that much around as I use to lately, I've been spending a lot of time in the shop the last few weeks.
Lately I've put the custom restoration a side and have been working mostly on original resores, not much to show off really, but this one I wanted to share.
Picked this up for $17 at a huge thrift market last weekend, it's a unbranded 7/8 Sheffield, almost full wedge. The blade was in desent shape and the scales looked quite nice except for a small crack on the reverse scale, that was untill I unpinned it....
The reverse scale I didn't even try to rescue so I made a new one, but the front I was determined to save.
It had several cracks, a huge pice of the inside had fell off and by the wedge pin the bone had splitted.
I left it soaking in almond oil for 48 hrs before I cleaned it and sanded it down, carefully cut off the loose pieces, and sanded some more.
Then I rebuilt the missing parts using epoxy, came out surprisingly well actually :)
The text on the scales was pressed into the horn, but 150-160 years of wear have made it kinda shallow, so to get the gold back in the lettering I couldn't just fill it with paint and wipe off the excessive, I had to repaint every single letter using a 0,2mm brush, I think this process alone took me about 1,5 hrs, it's not perfect, but I'm happy with it.
The blade was buffed to 320 grit and left at a satin finish.
Thanks for looking :)